NEW YORK—Five Columbia Football games will be televised live on SportsNet NY (SNY) this fall, Columbia University Athletics announced on Friday. With the agreement, SNY will also televise Columbia men’s and women’s basketball games. Those broadcasts will be announced in the coming weeks.
The five games that will be carried on SNY are: Wagner (Saturday, Sept. 16), Georgetown (Saturday, Sept. 23), at Yale (Saturday, Oct. 28), at Cornell (Saturday, Nov. 11) and Brown (Saturday, Nov. 18). The five games will also be simulcast live on the Ivy League Network subject to local streaming blackout rules.
“We are excited to begin this relationship with SNY,” Columbia’s Campbell Family Director of Intercollegiate Athletics & Physical Education Peter Pilling said. “Appearing on one of the nation’s largest regional sports networks is great for Columbia Football and the Ivy League. We are thankful for this opportunity to showcase our exceptional student-athletes in the New York Metropolitan area and beyond.”
With a total distribution of nearly 12 million homes, SNY is available to viewers throughout New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Northeastern Pennsylvania for a regional reach of 8.0 million households. Combined with national coverage on DIRECTV, Verizon FiOS, Comcast Cable and AT&T U-Verse, SNY’s total distribution is 12 million homes. SNY is the official television home of the New York Mets, New York Jets and all things New York sports. As New York’s leader in local sports TV coverage, SNY delivers the most comprehensive access to all of the Tri-State area’s professional and collegiate sports teams through several nightly sports and entertainment programs.
“SNY is pleased to deliver Lions football and basketball to our viewers for the 2017-18 seasons,” Gary Morgenstern, SNY's SVP of Programming said. “As an Ivy League institution in the heart of New York, the partnership fits perfectly into the SNY brand and we look forward to showcasing their incredible student-athletes on the court and on the field.
“SNY is a terrific partner for Columbia and Ivy League football with its ability to reach Ivy alums both nationally and in the New York metropolitan area,” Ivy League Executive Director Robin Harris said. “Through a League-record 28 television broadcasts and over 30 games live on the Ivy League Network, Ancient Eight fans will have multiple avenues to watch Ivy football this season.”
“We are appreciative that SNY will carry five of our games in 2017,” Patricia and Shepard Alexander Head Coach of Football Al Bagnoli said. “This agreement will continue to provide our fans, alumni and families in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut an opportunity to watch our team play. It also will allow our out-of-state fans the opportunity to follow our team, which will also assist us in our outreach and recruiting efforts.”
With the addition of the five SNY games, all 10 Columbia Football games in 2017 will be aired live on a television network. As part of the Ivy League Network agreement, Eleven Sports Network will broadcast four Columbia football games including at Princeton (Sept. 30), Penn (Oct. 14), at Dartmouth (Oct. 21) and Harvard (Nov. 4). Columbia’s game at Marist on Oct. 7 will be aired on the Red Fox Network.
Columbia officially opens its 2017 season on Saturday, Sept. 16 when it hosts Wagner at 1 p.m. at Robert K. Kraft Field at Lawrence A. Wien Stadium.
The Lions return 13 starters (seven on offense and six on defense) and 61 letterwinners to a youthful and talented team that finished 3-7 overall and tied for a sixth place finish in the Ivy League with a 2-5 record. The 2016 Lions concluded their season with a victory at Brown, while five of their seven losses were decided by 10 or fewer points. Three All-Ivy League picks return in sophomore placekicker Oren Milstein, senior defensive back Cameron Roane and senior defensive lineman Lord Hyeamang. Additionally, Columbia will return players who accounted for 88 percent (162 of 185) of its points scored, 82 percent (1,651 of 2,014) of its passing yards, 51 percent (1,037 of 2,014) of its receiving yards, 60 percent (3 of 5) of its starters on the offensive line and 49 percent (333 of 680) of its tackles in 2016.
The only NCAA Division I sports program in Manhattan, Columbia Athletics offers a unique experience for its 700-plus student-athletes competing in 31 varsity sports. #OnlyHere at Columbia can a student-athlete experience an Ivy League education, compete on the largest stage and under the brightest lights for conference and national championships, engage in the most diverse and international-centric university in America and take advantage of the cultural and career opportunities that the greatest city in the world has to offer. In over 150 years of intercollegiate athletics competition, Columbia teams have won 33 national team championships, appeared in 201 NCAA Championship events and captured 109 Ivy League team championships. Columbia individual student-athletes have captured 57 national titles, 301 Ivy League championships, earned 282 all-time First Team All-America awards and received 23 NCAA Postgraduate scholarships.
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